Spring is the perfect time to start prepping your home to hit the market. Selling your home can be a stressful process but taking the time to prepare your home now will make all the difference throughout this exciting time in your life. Keeping your home in tip-top shape is what will ultimately help in the sale of your home. We have split some of the most important home preparation tips into three steps:
1. Details, Details
2. First Impressions
You may be asking yourself “why start now?” Well, consider this: projects may take you (or service providers) a month or more to get done! The time you put in now could end up getting you more money when buyers place an offer.
Think of your home as a product on display. What encourages buyers to reach for your product over another? It could be as simple as a few minor things fixed that another home didn’t. Welcome to the market and merchandising your home to sell!
Step 1: Details, Details
Fix up the things you may have overlooked after years of living in the space. Complete small repairs and projects such as:
• Patching holes and dents in the walls
• Refreshing paint on walls and trim
• Replacing burnt-out lightbulbs
• Cleaning the windowsills
• Scrubbing baseboards
• Cleaning carpets
Buyers will notice and will make judgments on the maintenance level and upkeep based on these minor details. These judgments will reflect on the offer they put forward.
Whether its a fresh coat of neutral paint, shining up the hardware, or cleaning the carpets; just do it. Let your inner perfectionist shine.
We can’t stress this enough, keep your colours neutral! You may think it’s bland, but remember, it helps a prospective buyer to envision the space as a blank canvas. They will be able to visualize moving in without having to spend the time and money to fix any details themselves.
Step 2: First Impressions
One of the first things that a prospective buyer encounters when they enter your home is scent. No one wants to walk through a home that smells bad. First impressions are often a make or break for people. Clean and fresh rules! Make sure your home is checking all those first impression boxes.
You want to do everything you can to help the person walking through your home imagine themselves living there. One thing that helps is de-personalizing your space. Why take down the wedding photos or baby pictures? You don’t want prospective buyers to become distracted by your items and begin to focus on who you are and how you live rather than imagining themselves living there.
It’s a fine balance of making your home a clean, blank canvas for people to think of their own decor and personalized touches, while giving them the impression that you've created a clean, welcoming space.
Step 3: Staging
Besides being clean and smelling good, the look and feel of a home is created from the small details placed throughout. A bowl of fruit, lush plants, or coffee table book—thinking through every detail can provide that feeling of home and warmth that many prospective buyers are in search of. Furniture placement and a modern style that appeals to today’s market is also crucial. It can be extremely beneficial to move out some of your furniture and belongings to create a more open and inviting space.
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